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Good things come to those who wait — like Mars helicopters

Plus: We’ve found a surprising connection between keto diets and sobriety.

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The old saw “good things come to those who wait” may find an interplanetary meaning this week, as Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, won’t fly until Wednesday — a delay from Sunday. NASA announced over the weekend that the aircraft, which landed on the Red Planet seven weeks ago, would be delayed in its maiden voyage.

The reason the whirlygig won’t fly might also seem somewhat concerning given the fact it's some 172 million miles away from Earth. Here’s the official reason from NASA:

During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a “watchdog” timer expiration. This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode.

Keen to put a ... positive spin on the rotor matter, NASA also declared “the helicopter is safe and healthy and communicated its full telemetry set to Earth.”

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Stewart is a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist at the University of York in England. He has spent 20 years researching the managing of fisheries and marine protected areas.

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Keto may help you stay sober for longer A study published last week found a ketogenic diet in alcohol-dependent humans and rats seemingly suppressed withdrawal symptoms, reports Sophie Putka.

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